West Coast Fisheries Participation Survey Result Tool - 2017
The participation survey result tool is available to help analyze and convey the scope of the survey responses. There are charts and tables summarizing responses to the survey questions. To maintain confidentiality of the data we show only the percentage of individuals who selected each response to the questions. Results can be viewed for all respondents or by state of residence of the respondents. The frequency table as well as the charts can be downloaded.
What year were you born? How many years have you been involved in fishing as a paid crew member, captain and/or vessel owner? How much longer do you expect to continue to fish or operate a vessel commercially?
How many immediate family members work in the fishing industry? How many extended family members work in the fishing industry? Besides your family, what proportion of the people that you interact with regularly (e.g., friends, social acquaintances, colleagues, business associates, etc.) work in the fishing industry? How many generations of commercial fishermen does your family represent?
How would you define the fishing community you most feel a part of? Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about your fishing identity and community.
Given the choice between fishing and an alternative job for which you are qualified, would you prefer fishing or the alternative job if the expected pay for both was the same? How much more would another job have to pay for you to prefer it over fishing? Please indicate your level of job satisfaction associated with each of these potential attributes of commercial fishing in terms of your own experience as a fisherman.
Do you captain your own vessel? If applicable, what is the maximum number of crew you employ on your fishing boat, not including the captain? Have you ever continued fishing in order to provide employment for crew when you thought the profits earned by the vessel might fail to cover expenses?
What do you consider the biggest challenge or impediment to making a living as a fisherman? Has your fishing operation been affected by fishery closures in recent years? If you answered yes to the question above, how did you respond to the closure?
Do you prefer to participate in multiple fisheries or a single fishery? Which fishery is your most important source of fishing income? If your most important fishery were unprofitable or closed, in which other fishery would you choose to participate, or would you pursue non-fishery work? Which fishery is most important to you personally, not necessarily financially, but in terms of your identity or enjoyment?
Do you keep some of your commercial catch for your own use and/or sharing with family and friends? Roughly how many pounds of catch do you keep each year for personal use? How important are the following reasons for keeping some of your catch?
How many people are in your household? What was your average annual household income over the last 3 - 4 years? Do you have health insurance and, if so, how is it acquired?
Over the last 3 - 4 years: what percentage of your household income came from commercial fishing? Over the last 3 - 4 years: what percentage of the income you personally contributed to your household was from work other than commercial fishing? In recent years how often did you personally earn non-fishing income in each quarter?